The 718 from Slugger is a remarkably endloaded two piece hybird bat built for a strong that likes the hot out the wrapper feel of an aluminum bat but prefer the more forgiving swing of a two piece bat. After a hiatus in 2017 (there is no 717, for example) the 718 responds to a number of collegiate players who were in love with the big swing of the 716 but were left out of the mix. This 2018 Louisville Slugger 718 Select fills that need and our review of the bat is below.
Louisville Slugger 718 Sources
We have spent the last 4 years of our lives studying bats and measuring their success. What might be the most helpful article to understand our take on the 718 Select, after reading this piece, is our Best BBCOR bats section. You may also find our 2018 Baseball Bat Reviews section useful too.
And, too, don't forget our 716 Review. That is the most read source on the internet for information on that exact bat. And the 716 should at least lay the ground work for much of the 718 to come.
2018 Louisville Slugger Lineup
Single Piece Aluminum
- Stiff Feel
- Good Value
- Hand Vibration
- Smaller Sweet Spot
Single Piece Hybrid
- Stiff Feel
- Balanced Swing?
- Only BBCOR?
- Smaller Sweetspot
Two Piece Hybrid
- Smooth Feel
- Hot Out the Wrapper
- Too Soft a Feel?
- Barrel Size?
Two Piece Composite
- Ultra Smooth?
- Big Barrel
- Durability Concerns
In short, the 718 Select is an upgraded 716 Select from 2016---that boasts a two piece hybrid structure. In the college world series we found this bat more often than any other Slugger bat. And, since this bat is built specifically for stronger hitters in the hybrid niche then it is no surprise college players preferred it over other Slugger bats. All other bats in the Slugger lineup, including the 918, 618 and 518 are built for the hitter that prefers a more balanced swing.
Where to Buy the 718 Select?
The 718 became available for sale on September 1st 2017. For brand new bats, we always look at major retailers like justbats.com and closeoubats.com first. Of course places like Amazon and eBay work too, but if you can find it there for a discount off the MSRP then you can bet you are buying a grey market bat.
2018 Louisville Slugger Recommendations
The 718 Slugger is recommendable for strong players who want a heavy swinging bat in the two piece hybrid realm. For most that means the bat is not for them. Players who don't have all day to spend in the weight room and, even those that do, players who prefer a single peice bat instead should look elsewhere.
The good news is Slugger makes bats for other types of hitters too. The 918 Prime would serve well for hitters that like a nice light swing and good sized barrel; The 618 works for those that need the lightest swing Slugger makes; The 518 serves the need of the value purchase and the single piece aluminum fans.
2018 718 vs 716 Construction
The major difference between the 716 and the 718 is that the 718 swings heavier. The 718 also uses a redesigned endcap, made from composite, that helps dial in the swing weight. But, aside from those two MAJOR changes, the only differences are color scheme.
Both bats, like many of the top line Slugger bats, use the TRU3 connective piece. The 7 series of bats also use the same composite handle found in the 918 Primes. The barrel of the 718 is the same barrel found in the Omaha 518. The 718 is designed as a hybrid of the 918 and 518 bats.
2018 Louisville Slugger Sizing
The 2018 Louisville Slugger 718 Select will ONLY come in a BBCOR size for 2018.
2018 Louisville Slugger Comparable Bats
Although there are a lot of two piece hybrid bats in the market, not very many of them come in a significant end load like the 718 Select. The notable exception, that swings a lot like the 718, is DeMarini's Voodoo Insane. This, too, is a two piece hybrid bat with a serious endload.
If you are in the market for a hybrid bat that swings heavy then the 718 and Voodoo Insane are about your only options. And, good for you, both bats rate high on the scale of 1 to Bomb Maker.